NEW YORK -- The Mets announced Tuesday that the Ecuadorian national soccer team will return to Citi Field to play South American rival Chile on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
The match features two teams with significant fan bases in the tri-state area. Queens County boasts the largest population of Ecuadorians of any county in the United States with more than 100,000 residents, while the tri-state region boasts the largest Chilean population of any area in the country with more than 20,000 residents.
The 11th-ranked team in the world, Chile leads the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) with a 4-2-0 record and is currently seeking qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ecuador has a 3-2-0 record in CONMEBOL and a world ranking of 36.
Ecuador will return to Citi Field after battling Greece to a 1-1 draw last June before a near-sellout crowd of 39,656, in the first soccer match played at Citi. Tickets for this year's match start at $30 and go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at tickets.com, and by phone at 718-507-TIXX. The game will take place rain or shine.